Rebounding Special Needs
Alfhild Akselsen, Ph.D., is the founder of the Texas Association of Children with Learning Disabilities. In her 40 plus years of experience working with learning disabled children, she has identified three problems common in the cases she has worked. “Learning disabled children have extremely poor coordination, balance and rhythm,” notes Akselsen.
Dr. Akselson actually used Rebounding as a device aimed at improving balance, coordination and rhythm. The results she received from working with the students on the Rebounders were truly amazing. The experience made her a true believer and the first pioneer of Rebound exercise for the learning disabled child. Dr. Akselsen has said, “Rebounding should start in Nursery school. I see mind/body improvement occur throughout the growth period of the human organism. When I work with a child who has all kinds of coordination problems culminating in learning disabilities it means he or she has not worked with the gross and fine motor nerve/muscle coordinates. A child should do this from at least first or second grade. I have put rebounding devices in schools around the world. The children have to be given a chance to learn their capacities.”
Dr. Akselsen explores the principles of the cellular exercise which Rebounding provides:
“… (When) you are rebounding you are moving and exercising every brain cell as you are each of the other body cells. Toxic heavy metals are leached out of these brain cells to free up the neurons to work more effectively. Better nourishment has a chance to penetrate the cell walls, too. Furthermore, rebounding has you work from the outside, from the nerve ending toward the brain. That’s what I think it does. We don’t know for certain, of course, but I can’t see the results any other way.”
As in other areas of this young exercise, more research needs to be done by the medical community in order to bring scientific confirmation of the therapeutic benefits of Rebounding for the youth population, specifically the learning disabled. Nevertheless, the results do have a tendency to speak for themselves.